Created to celebrate The National Ballet of Canada’s 60th anniversary in 2011, Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet is a brilliantly imagined interpretation of Shakespeare’s tender and tragic tale of two young lovers and the warring households that keep them apart.
Known especially for his mastery of the classical idiom, Ratmansky is equally adept at employing that idiom for fresh, contemporary effects. Full of bold and emotionally vivid characterization and taking full advantage of the play’s rich theatrical possibilities, Ratmansky’s Romeo and Juliet finds a natural home in Prokofiev’s famous and achingly affecting score, a work that provides the perfect underpinning for this landmark version of Shakespeare’s timeless, universal tale of youthful, ill-starred love.
“★★★★/4 Thrillingly dramatic… dance drama doesn’t get much better than this.”
“A Romeo and Juliet for our time” —Los Angeles Register
“Of the six versions I have seen by choreographers alive today, this is much the best.” —The New York Times
“A must-see… Ratmansky’s greatness lies in his ability to mirror music in dance. The emotional arc of the characters is cunningly shown in movement. In fact, the music and the dance seem inseparable.” —The Globe and Mail
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Lead philanthropic support for Romeo and Juliet is provided by Sandra Pitblado & Jim Pitblado, C.M., with additional generous support from Sandra Faire & Ivan Fecan, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, an anonymous friend of the National Ballet and Walter Carsen, O.C.
2019/20 marks Artistic Director Karen Kain’s 50th anniversary with The National Ballet of Canada.
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This timeless story is magnificently brought to life by the National Ballet's dancers. They relish rich roles like these to connect with audiences, showcase their talents and push themselves to even greater heights.
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